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US prosecutors ask for 17 plus years in rabbi voyeurism case

May 8, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. prosecutors say a once-prominent Orthodox rabbi who pleaded guilty to secretly videotaping scores of women in a changing room of a Jewish ritual bath in Washington should spend more than 17 years in prison.

Prosecutors made their recommendation as part of a court filing submitted ahead of Bernard Freundel’s sentencing hearing, which is set for May 15.

Freundel acknowledged as part of a plea agreement in February that he secretly recorded more than 150 women over several years. A statute of limitations would have barred prosecutors from charging Freundel for every recording, however, and he pleaded guilty to 52 counts of voyeurism, each count punishable by up to a year in jail.

Prosecutors asked for 208 months prison, four months for each of the 52 counts.

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